THESIS InterG Activity Square

  • PROJECT
    InterG Activity Square (Intergenerational Shared Site Facility)
    525 Hawthorn Street, San Diego, California, 92101
     
    OVERVIEW

    An intergenerational community center, a shared site, providing youth and older adults, with or without circumstance, the potential to form and sustain meaningful bonds through collective purpose.

    The interaction occurring between different generations, referred to as intergenerational, provides opportunities to learn, teach, and inspire. A community center fostering growth in these areas of opportunity supports well-being and rebuilds the dynamic structure of family within a neighborhood community.
     
    A shared site intergenerational community center where different generations may function at the capacity of a mentor, teacher, student or child, through developed intergenerational programs in health and well-being, recreation and life skills, structured activities and classes (music, art, cooking, and gardening), and organized sporting activities, supports the treasured dynamic of family bonds and interaction in a non-familial innovative way. 
  • Spatial Expression 01 - Welcome Plaza
  • Spatial Expression 02 - Multifunctional spaces; performing and creative arts.
  • Spatial Expression 03 - Senior care, comfort, and retreat.
  • THESIS STATEMENT
     
    Familial structures and bonds have changed congruently with that of social and cultural norms. Disruptions in the family unit affect the dynamics of how and who we interact with spatially, socially, and psychologically. In addition, rapid changes in technology and attachments to social media have also altered this dynamic and the course by which we learn and communicate.
     
    Changes in these family and social structures have created generation gaps where intended or unintended isolation has diminished the experience of relationships and community.
     
    Circumstantial generation gaps extend beyond typical interactions and raise the following questions: How do children of circumstance react to new spaces, how do children of circumstance react to non-familial elders or older adults, and how do the two groups react or engage with one another? Of these non-typical interactions, how would we bridge the gap between the two?
     
    An intergenerational community center, a shared site, provides youth and older adults, with or without circumstance, the potential to form and sustain meaningful bonds through collective purpose.
     
    Interaction occurring between different generations, referred to as intergenerational, provides opportunities to learn, teach, and inspire. A community center fostering growth in these areas of opportunity supports well-being and rebuilds the dynamic structure of family within a neighborhood community.
     
    The simple benefits of intergenerational interaction have been observed as follows:
     
      Seniors tend to exhibit more familial-type behaviors relating to children in a less formal way drawing on insight from their own experiences in raising children. They demonstrate a capacity to be effective nurturing caregivers and educators.
     
      Volunteers enlisted as mentors for children in need of additional assistance are found to have a "calming effect" on classrooms.
     
      Children and youth benefit from extra nurturing and attention, and seniors benefit from the sense of being needed and appreciated (Kaplan and Larkin). In addition, thinking about aging and lifespan development is stimulated. 
     
    A shared site intergenerational community center where different generations may function at the capacity of a mentor, teacher, student or child, through developed intergenerational programs in health and well-being, recreation and life skills, structured activities and classes (music, art, cooking, and gardening), and organized sporting activities, supports the treasured dynamic of family bonds and interaction in a non-familial innovative way. 
  • Digital Board No. 1 - Includes color rendered floor plan and building elevation, and thesis statement.
  • Digital Board No. 2 - Includes reflected ceiling plan (RCP) and interior elevation; facility and property information; proximity and context.
  • Digital Board No. 3 - Perspective renders of welcome plaza and senior courtyard area.
  • Digital Board No. 4 - Perspective renders of soft play, creative arts and luncheon area.
  • Digital Board No. 5 - Perspective render of senior care and retreat area.
  • Digital Board No. 6 - Perspective render of proposed senior upper deck Tai Chi and soft exercise area; inspiration for youth study area; color palette and recycled indoor/outdoor rubber flooring selections.
  • Construction Documents (Sample Sheets)